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Entering 2012, harness racing driver Tim Tetrick never drove a horse that was voted Horse of the Year. This year, he accomplished that feat -- and so much more. Tetrick drove seven division champions this season, including Horse of the Year Chapter Seven and Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.

Chapter Seven did not race many times, but he made the most of his opportunities. The 4-year-old male trotter, who won eight of 10 starts and equaled the harness racing world record of 1:50.1 on a mile racetrack, was named Horse of the Year on Thursday in Dan Patch Awards voting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Chapter Seven and Market Share gave owner Richard Gutnick and trainer Linda Toscano a strong 1-2 punch on the racetrack. The harness racing stablemates knocked out the competition off the track as well. Chapter Seven on Tuesday was named Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, with Market Share finishing second in the organization's year-end Dan Patch Awards balloting.

Sarandon Blue Chip, winner of the two biggest races for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies in New Jersey-sired competition this year at The Meadowlands, has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2012.

America's oldest lighted harness racing track, Batavia Downs Casino, concluded its 66th year of racing on Saturday night (Dec.8).

The members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association have announced they have unanimously named three year-old harness racing trotting star Archangel as their horse of the year for 2012.

Australasian harness racing icon and Grand Circuit champion Smoken Up has added further to his overflowing trophy cabinet by being named Victorian Horse of the Year for a second successive season.

The most notable personalities of Empire State racing gathered in the grand ballroom at the Vernon Downs Hotel on Oct. 28 for the 2012 New York Sire Stakes awards banquet and USTA District 8 meetings. And once again this year, some of the best harness racing performers on the Grand Circuit were bred in New York State.

As we wind down the 2012 harness racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, a season which finishes up on Wednesday, November 21, it's about time to start celebrating some of the outstanding equine performers who have shined for the Pocono faithful this year.

Glamour pacer Im Themightyquinn was announced as the 2012 Western Australian Harness Horse of the Year at a luncheon function held on Sunday afternoon (October 21) at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club overlooking the Swan River. During the 2011-2012 harness racing season Im Themightyquinn started 13 times for nine wins, two seconds and one third and stakes of $1,250,000.

Gallant 7-year-old pacer Our Sir Jeckyl capped arguably his most consistent season by being named Tasmanian Harness Racing Horse of the Year at the official awards function at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston last Saturday night (September 15).

Tioga Downs wrapped up its final day of live racing for the 2012 racing season on Saturday night in Nichols, NY. As they have in years past, the harness racing fans of the Southern Tier showed their support for Tioga Downs and a crowd of more than 4,000 came out for closing night.

Cue singer Andy Williams. When the calendar turns to September, it's the most wonderful time of the year for Foiled Again. The richest pacer in North American harness racing history, with $4.37 million in career purses, Foiled Again is 2-for-2 in September as he gets ready for next Monday's $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.

Kaikoura racehorse owner Murray Boyd is pleased as punch after one of his horses, Donegal Delight, was named Rangiora Harness Racing Club's horse of the year.

The nominations for the Alabar North Island Harness Racing Awards have been released. The Awards dinner will be held in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park in Auckland on Saturday September 1.

Twice in the space of 24 hours this weekend harness racing owner and former Junior All Black - Braeden Whitelock - will be hoping a late season surge leads to glory. The first time will be when four of Whitelock's sons line up for the Crusaders against the Chiefs in Hamilton tomorrow night (Friday july 27), the proud father hoping to see his sons progress to the Super Rugby a week later.

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